Non-Degree / Dates: 13-17 July 2020 (Cancelled, next summer course in July 2021)

Children in legal proceedings may face with very different professionals and can be involved in repeated conversations with these specialists. In the course we seek answers to the questions what the professionals could do that justice system would be more child-friendly?

In the beginning of the course we explore more closely how justice system works regarding children and who can be involved in it. Also the principles regarding the best interests of a child will be discussed along with how and who should assess the best interests. Finally, the core principles of child-friendly investigative interviewing are covered.

The practical part of the course will include brief seminars on what how the assessment of the best interests of the child should be done by different professionals and how to support the child in different stages of proceedings. Also group works will be done to practice the observation skills in assessing the child’s welfare and making conclusions about it. In addition, we will visit a local police station where forensic interviews with the children take place and also a local Children’s house (Barnahus) where children are also interviewed. Homework is related to specifics of children in legal system in each student’s country of origin or choice.

Why this course?

  • You will learn what is a child-friendly justice according to different professionals.

  • We will explore what different professionals could do to make the legal proceedings more child-friendly.


Kristjan Kask, PhD, is associate professor of legal psychology at Tallinn University, Estonia. His main interest is legal psychology, more specifically in investigative interviewing and eyewitness identification issues. He has trained psychologists, psychiatrists, police officers and investigators, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and child protection workers in investigative interviewing of children.

Kati Valma (MA) is working as a child protection specialist in Tallinn municipality. She has taught domestically both students and practitioners about child welfare and children’s best interests.


The course is designed for psychology, law, social work, child protection work, criminology, sociology students. High level of efficiency in English is required (at least B2). The course is limited to 16 participants.

Credit points

2 ECTS. The student will do a short presentation of the situation of children in legal system in his/her country, or any other country.

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until 31 March 2020)250€
Regular Course Fee (after 31 March 2020)300€

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.